Switching formula..?

Katie - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My son started on brestmilk then switched to enfamil A+, I was then advised that the generic brand (Presidents Choice..) has pretty much the same ingredients but was cheaper. I switched my son over the corse of 2 weeks (mixing a little of the enfamil & a little PC) now he is on strictly PC and is gassy,fussy & spitting up quite a bit more then he was. Should I just give him time to adjust or should I switch right back to enfamil? I was also told by a friend of mine that I should try low iron formula if I choose to switch again because its easier on babys stomach? I'm just stuck and need some advice!

Thanks in advance!

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Andrea - posted on 05/30/2009

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In responce to Christin..My sister is allergic to casein and whey And my husbands family has alot of allergies that are the same...And most babies arem lactose intolerant...even as Adults we aren'T supposed to be drinking milk products...but every baby is diffedrent i was just suggesting to check out the allergy route since we had a major problem with it...:D

Laura - posted on 05/28/2009

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Don't give up on the generic baby formula. Try the probiotic above. No matter which formula I tried, my son was spitting up profusely and would even retch and vomit following burps. (I used all of them: Lipil, Lipil AR, Gentlease, Soy, and finally Nutrimagen---which he refused to eat as it tastes disgusting!) I was averaging 20-25 burp cloths and bibs/day. I've been using the Baby's Jarro-Dophilus for the past two weeks in regular formula (regular Lipil) (1/4 tsp in the 1st bottle each morning) and my son is actually dry-burping! I bought it at my local Nutrition World store for about $12 and at 1/4 tsp/day, it will last a while. My ped knows all about Baby's Jarro-Dophilus and says, "Yeah, it works sometimes" but doesn't go out of his way to tell his parents about it. One of my girlfriends had the same problem 10 years ago with her daughter and used it then. It worked then and is still being sold 10 years later so I felt great about trying it and am thrilled with the results. Don't get me wrong, my son still spits up a bit, but he is no longer wheezing, gurgling, and retching, and I am thrilled to be able to use regular formula again.

Melanie - posted on 05/27/2009

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I second what Christin said about the casein, hence why my son could only handle the Goodstart. Weird thing though: I live in Canada and here Goodstart is made by Nestle, whereas in the U.S. it's made by Carnation (I think). Anyway once I was in the U.S. and bought Goodstart there and my boy had a little bit of a harder time with it.



Another thing about the Casein: when I started him on cow's milk at 12 months it was the same problem all over again so I had to give him goats milk and gradually get him used to the cow's milk. I would have stuck with goats milk but it's so expensive.

Christin - posted on 05/27/2009

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Actually most babies diagnosed with cows milk protein allergy are not actually allergic to both types of the milk protein. Hence Why the nutramingen works. But if you have not tried it already try the Good Start Natural Cultures or Good Start Supreme Formula. All of their formulas are 100% whey protein (which is the one in breast milk). All other milk based formulas have Whey and casein protein in them. The casein protein is not naturally found in breast milk hence why it is so hard for a lot of babies to digest. Most babies diagnosed as milk protein sensitive merely are sensitive to this and not the whey protein ( which is virtually impossible for them to be allergic to.) The Good Start formulas are the only thing both my kids who were diagnosed with this could use (we used it instead of the nutramagien which the dr recommended since they could not handle that either. once we told him it worked the dr was ok with it too). The good start website has a video online about this if you want all the scientific info on it.

Christin - posted on 05/27/2009

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give it a few weeks, the nutrients are the same, but the ingredients are not 100% the same. I did this with both my kids. You do have to remember though that the new Enfamil A+ you said you were using does have that new thing in it (active cultures I believe it is called) to aid digestion, the generic does not, so it will take the babies system time to adjust to the harder to digest formula but just give it time.

Andrea - posted on 05/26/2009

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Ok this is what happened to my little girl... She started on a normal formula...was very gassy, ;like I mean VERY gassy...she would throw up all the time...so our doctor told us to switch to soy....but soy turns out if babies have an allergy to cow'S milk protein, soy isn'T the way to go..so the same thing happened and she was in alot of pain...so we switched to lactose free formula...not working....Turns out she has an allergy to COW'S MILK PROTEIN...So we have her Nutramigen (by enfamill) And within, no joke, 3 days she was a different baby! The trick with switching baby formula is you have to change it right away not mix the 2, because if it is an allergy then you want it out of their system as soon as possible. I didn't even wait 2 weeks i changed her right away! Talk to your pediatrition.. maybe he has an allergy...and the iron fortified would only make him constipated not spitting up or gassy...Most babies have an intolerance to lactose or have the allergy to cow's milk protein it's just mis-diagnosed alot of times with acid relux or colic..the symptoms are sooo similar it crazy! Hope this helped! :D

Melanie - posted on 05/26/2009

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I'd go back to Enfamil. My firstborn was formula-fed and I started him on Goodstart and then switched to President's Choice. He was so constipated with the PC it was horrible and as soon as I went back to Goodstart he was fine again.

Dena - posted on 05/26/2009

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I switched my son to the BJs brand 2 months ago and had the same thing. Give it a week. I switched my first son later and it was easier, but we are having a few financial issues right now and $10 less a can is a lot! He got use to it and there is all the same nutrition in it. Weaning a little slower may have helped, but I think he'll be fine. Adam was! Good luck!

User - posted on 05/25/2009

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Hi! I had sooo many problems with Formula too. We switched to Soy and it made the world of difference. It wasn't my first choice but it stopped all problems with fussiness and gassiness...etc. At five/six months we will start working in the milk formula (lactose free first) and see if he can digest it better. Hope things are working out for you better now. I know how frustrating it can be!!

Carla - posted on 05/25/2009

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My daughter had a hard time breast feeding so I decide to use formula. We started with the similac advanced and it was good for a while. Then she started having constipation and gassiness and hiccups and spit up and fussiness. So she was switched to similac sensitive. That didn't help so we thought it was a milk allergy and tried the advanced soy. That didn't really help much. We also tried the sensitive rs. The Ped. finally switched her to Similac Alumentum. That is the only one that has really worked. It is on the expensive side but she stopped being constipated and having hiccups and less gas and spit up. She still was fussy so we added rice ceral to her formula and that worked. The ped said the rice ceral helps coat there throat and makes it easier to handle the formula since it hurts them. She is starting to get a little fssy again I need to go talk to her ped to see why this is happing when she was doing fine. I hate acid reflux.

Meghan - posted on 04/02/2009

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Ask your babies peds. doctor with switching him. Sometimes it isn't the formula.

Ashley - posted on 03/24/2009

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I would ask your pediatrition. My son was on the similac organic and was having gassy issues. So I changed and put him on Similac lactose free. It helped soo much! I applyed for WIC being a single mom I needed the help and they did not cover Similac so I stuck with the Lactose free but to Enfamil! Now the company is dis-continuing the lactose free!!!! AHHHH. I am trying to figure this out with my pediatrition! His little system has been through so much already and I finnaly got him on something that agrees with his system! I have heard good things about the gentlese by Enfamil.

Amanda - posted on 03/24/2009

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Im in a similar boat, started on breastmilk, now im slowly introducing formula.  I started with the enfamil with Iron powder and Elle was really fussy.  Doc said sometimes the powder is worse than the premixed, so today I started adding premix to her breast milk to see if that helps.  I hadnt heard about the iron affecting their bellies, is that true? Cause I think mine adds iron.  I wanted to slow down pumping as I introduce formula more and more but am nervous to slow my milk production in case these all bother her belly.  I had a friend say there some ridiculous expensive stuff that is a dream for fussy bellies if it gets really bad. HA - so I guess Im no help, your question is mine too, how long to you let them be fussy before you switch, do their bellies adjust or if it bothers them once, it bothers them always?

Cheryl - posted on 03/24/2009

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I had asked my son's ped when he was born if I was able to use a generic formula with him since I had found one for cheap with the same ingredients as well. She said that it would be fine once he reached 5 or 6 months old because until then their digestive systems are not mature enough. So until then I have him on Enfamil but I will definitely switch in a few months.

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